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TOSEC: NEC PC-Engine and TurboGrafx 16 (2012-04-23)


Published April 23, 2012


NEC's PC Engine was released in 1987 in Japan, and later in 1989 in North America as the TurboGrafx-16 Entertainment SuperSystem. The first entry in the fourth generation of gaming, the system competed with the popular Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, and Super Famicom/Super Nintendo.

The PC-Engine was notable for its unique HuCard (Hudson Card) format, which placed games on cards approximately the thickness, and slightly longer than, a credit card. The first system to have a CD-ROM peripheral, the PC-Engine CD-ROM add-on was released in Japan in April 1988, and 1990 in North America. A subsequent hardware revision of the PC Engine/TG16, the TurboDuo, would combine the CD-ROM add-on and primary system into one unit.

The TurboExpress, released in 1990, was a portable version of the TurboGrafx that could play all TurboGrafx-16 games. Poor performance of its relatively advanced active-matrix color LCD screen, and very short battery life hampered the TurboExpress' sales.

Despite outselling the Mega Drive in Japan, the TurboGrafx-16 struggled to find a foothold in the North American marketplace. Lack of third-party support from developers, and overfocus on marketing towards only large metropolitan areas, left the TurboGrafx-16 less successful in the larger American landscape.

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Identifier NEC_PC-Engine_TurboGrafx-16_TOSEC_2012-04-23
Date 2012-04-23
Mediatype software
Publicdate 2013-03-04 23:27:08
Addeddate 2013-03-04 23:27:08
Year 2012
Language English


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